With the Mojo Gurus
Details: 7 p.m. Saturday. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $28. (727) 895-3045.
There's still no clear reading on whether Aerosmith will make up the tour dates it missed this summer. There's not even a definitive answer about whether the group is still together. But one thing's for sure, Joe Perry's riffs from tracks like Walk This Way will forever remain ingrained in our DNA. The man of many necklaces performs in support of Have Guitar, Will Travel, a new solo effort he discussed with Times pop music critic Sean Daly in September. "I wanted the feel of driving into Las Vegas at 6 the morning with the top down after being up for three straight days," Perry said.
With the Semis
Details: 9 p.m. Saturday. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 241-8600.
When his rhythm section quit in October, Jay Reatard tweeted these now-infamous words: "Band quit! (Expletive) them. They are boring rich kids who can't play for (expletive) anyways." The hot-tempered rocker from Memphis (he sounds British) will perform tracks off latest Watch Me Fall, an effort that moves "from garage gunk to some of the highest-octane power pop since college radio was guided by voices," according to Spin.
With Set It Off, We are the In Crowd, Action Item, Ettison
Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-9500.
Tampa's breakout "emotronic" act Select Start plays for hometown fans before traveling up the east coast on Pure Volume-sponsored "There's No I in Tour" tour. The chronic social networkers have described themselves as lovechildren of Motion City Soundtrack and Hellogoodbye.
Details: 7 p.m. Sunday. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18. (727) 895-3045.
Horror punks from Lodi, N.J., continue on in loud, ghoulishly melodic fashion despite Glenn Danzig's departure more than two decades ago. The band has built its skull-logo legacy on primitive, three-chord progressions, '50s rock melodies, confrontational lyrics and an obsession with horror flicks.
Jobsite Rocks VI: A Zombie Christmas
Featuring King of Spain, Bird Street Players, Vodkanauts, Zero Time Ghosts
Details: 9 p.m. Saturday. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.
Since the late '90s, nonprofit theater company Jobsite has provided local artists a place to hone and apply their skills, and the public a place to see socially and politically relevant productions. The annual fundraiser/rock show features King of Spain, a favorite local act whose ambient, experimental-pop sound recalls Brian Eno, and Bird Street Players, a Tampa band with a winning hodgepodge of reggae, rock, worldbeat and Nawlins-style funk.
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Del the Funky Homosapien
Details: 9 p.m. Friday. Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 247-2664.
Gangster rap icon Ice Cube is Del the Funky Homosapien's cousin and mentor. Yet you don't hear about AK's or switchblades in Del's material. He's too busy referencing Battlestar Galactica and stressing the importance of good hygiene (once, he combated "breath so bad it could melt your ice cream"). A favorite with the skateboarding set and "geeksta rap" fans, Del is funny, original and unabashedly spaced out. His mainstream moment came in 2001 on Gorillaz hit Clint Eastwood.